Hugo Vickers, Guest Speaker at Exeter October Supper

Monday 14 November 2016

The Chairman of the Exeter and District ESU Paul Waterworth welcomed everyone and introduced the Guest Speaker Hugo Vickers D L, writer, and broadcaster.

Hugo Vickers DL has written many autobiographies about personalities of the twentieth century from the world of film, socialites and many members of The Royal family including The Duke and Duchess of Windsor and the Queen Mother.

More recently Hugo has been involved with broadcasting Royal events and a walkway to celebrate  the Queen’s Golden Wedding Anniversary and the plaque in Parliament Square to mark the Diamond Jubilee for her Coronation.

Cecil Beaton the photographer requested Hugo write his autobiography just before he died.

This was a fascinating research project as Cecil’s life spanned the 20th century with its diverse lifestyles and he became known as the “stethoscope of society”

Cecil created many iconic pictures and knew just how to get the people to pose to their best advantage.  He photographed film stars, socialites and was a favourite photographer of the Royals.

Along with Stephen Hartnell the couturier he created a glamorous image of the Queen Mother.

He became very well known in the UK with the publication of his pictures in Vogue and Conde Nast.  Cecil said that his pictures “Gave something to look………. at and something to dream about.”

The guest speaker at the Lunch Event on Wednesday 16th November will be Ruth Caleb OBE actress and producer she will be giving a talk entitled “50 years of making drama for the BBC”

Anyone interested in attending these, one of the monthly ESU events or becoming a member should contact the Membership Secretary, Margaret Guyver on 01392 491898.


This story was submitted by the ESU Exeter & Devon branch. Please click here for information on this branch and its upcoming events.